Originally Posted by shovelhd
First of all, you should not compare yourself to others using any metric other than for amusement. I have had tremendous success in cycling, but if I spent my time comparing myself to RacerEx, I would become a manic depressive.
Second, body types are a huge part of the body fat equation. I happen to be built long and lean, but I am no Michael Rasmussen. I need a certain amount of body fat on me or I lose power. I get weak at the end of a hard day. That point is at around 138 pounds for me. I raced Nats at the front all day at 145 and had everything left at the end.
Finally, body type/body fat/power-weight are small predictors of success, no matter what Strava wants you to believe. On paper, I should be a great climber, but I'm barely good. I think it comes down to being afraid to blow up, as I have in the past. I can pace myself well for a 20 minute climb but the leaders will pace themselves just a little bit faster. A guy my size should not have the sprint that I do. It's about muscle makeup and what I train for.
You'd never believe I was petite if you looked at my weight only. But I am, I'm 5'4" and overall quite tiny. But, for some reason, I weigh more than "most" women, even some men, of my stature. My "look good" weight is 128 - 130. My "feel good" weight is 132 - 136. My "feel strong" weight is 135 - 139. I'm still trying to figure out at what weight I really need to be for this racing stuff. Oh, and I've tried to forget my weight, but I just can't. By the way - there are averages for everything physiological, but I really believe there is NO "normal". I have no idea what my BMI is (it would just be something else to stress about, and believe me, I would), but if you look at me you'd guess "can't be much". I guess my recent weight gain is largely muscle, but there is some fat there, too (I can see it). Point is, and Shovel said it, we all need some fat for fuel. I intend to run my tank dry!